HEALTH BEAT 2-1-1998

Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts February 1998 Current Issue
February 1998
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GET THE RED OUT Dry cabin air, dim reading lights and frequent climatic changes make flyers prime candidates for dry eye syndrome. Common signs: red, burning, stinging eyes, or even weepy, watery eyes. In serious cases, the condition causes eye pain, impaired vision and sensitivity to light, according to a recent article in Frequent Flyer, a sister publication to M&C. If left untreated, it can lead to corneal scarring or ulceration.

Some eye-saving measures:

  • Put a drop of artificial tears in each eye every hour or two of flight.
  • Try to blink often, particularly when reading.
  • Avoid exposure to smog, allergens, smoke or airborne pollutants.
  • Avoid drying medications, such as antihistamines or diuretics, and don't drink alcohol.
  • Don't wear contacts in flight; switch to glasses.
  • If redness persists for more than two or three days, consult an ophthalmologist.
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